100g blue cod, sliced
juice of 1 lime
1 lemon, segmented
1 lime, segmented
1 orange, segmented
15g pickled red onion
15g pickled fennel
1 red chilli, sliced
shiso micro leaves, for garnish
500ml white wine vinegar
250ml water
250g sugar
½ red onion, thinly sliced
½ fennel bulb, thinly sliced

One of my favourite ingredients during the New Zealand winter months is our citrus. Plentiful, juicy and, since they are in season, affordable; limes, lemons, oranges, grapefruit, tangelos and mandarins all brighten up a winter menu.

Feel free to use your favourite citrus in this cheery dish that works well with any fish, although the marinating time may vary. When using a whole fish, especially when superfresh and caught by hand (which does tend to make the flesh more tender), I like to use a little part of the thicker end of the fillet for a ceviche. Takushi Maekawa, my head chef of 14 years (yes 14!), helped develop this dish.


1.Place the fish into a bowl, pour over the lime juice and allow to marinate for four minutes. The lime juice ‘cooks’ the fish and it will turn white very quickly.
2.Add the citrus segments, pickled red onion and fennel, toss to combine and season with some Marlborough flaky sea salt.
3.Divide among four plates and garnish with the fresh chilli and shiso leaves.
5.In a small saucepan combine the white wine vinegar, water and sugar.
6.Bring to a gentle simmer until the sugar has dissolved.
7.Place the onion in one heatproof bowl and the fennel in another.
8.Pour the hot pickling liquid over the vegetables and let it cool.
9.This is an excellent basic pickling recipe and works well with most vegetables.

Recipes & food styling Darren Lovell / Photography Sam Stewart

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